A small business in Hawaii brings in a healthy profit by breeding and shipping more than 5,000 of these creatures a year.
(FSB Magazine) -- The owners of Ocean Rider call this variety of seahorse "Sunburst," but its proper name is hippocampus erectus - one of 20 species that Carol Cozzi-Schmarr, 45, and her husband, Craig Schmarr, 44, breed on their ranch in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Ocean Rider (seahorse.com) ships more than 5,000 seahorses a year. Seven varieties are marketed as pets to discerning sea-life enthusiasts, who pay as much as $1,000 to place a colorful 12-inch seahorse in their saltwater tanks. The nine-inch Sunburst sells for $185.
Ocean Rider seahorses are bred to eat frozen shrimp, which makes them easier to keep than those taken wild from the ocean, which need fresh food.click here.